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North Carolina attorney pleads guilty in tax case

Nov. 10, 2019 2:14 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina attorney is awaiting sentencing after federal prosecutors say he illegally spent at least $297,000 from his law firm on plastic surgery, luxury cars and a boat. The U.S. attorney for western North Carolina announced that John Francis Hanzel of Cornelius pleaded...

Illinois legal aid group gets pesticides-related grant

Nov. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving an Illinois legal aid group $30,000 to educate farmworkers about and to do research on pesticides. The EPA said in a recent statement that the money going to Legal Aid Chicago will, among other things, help it survey corn-detasseling workers...

Commerce head hires private lawyer in wake of agency audit

Nov. 6, 2019 4:22 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the North Dakota agency that promotes tourism and economic development has hired an attorney after a critical audit of the agency. Commerce Director Michelle Kommer told the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee Wednesday that she hired the lawyer in the wake of an...

Dutch man shot in German border town in targeted attack

Nov. 6, 2019 9:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Dutch lawyer living in a border town was shot and seriously wounded in what is believed to have been a targeted attack on him, German authorities and a Dutch attorneys' organization said Wednesday. The 43-year-old victim was struck Wednesday morning in Gronau when assailants opened fire...

Arizona county attorney to relinquish police records control

Nov. 5, 2019 3:37 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona county attorney has allowed police agencies to decide when to release public records from their investigations instead of having the county attorney's office control records. The Arizona Republic reports that current Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel is expected to work with...

No right to attorney in civil cases, but free aid available

Nov. 2, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Anyone who has watched "Law & Order" or any police drama knows that someone accused of a crime is guaranteed representation by a lawyer, regardless of the ability to pay. That's not true in civil cases. In certain cases, such as child custody issues or landlord-tenant disputes,...

Former NY attorney who stole millions sentenced to prison

Nov. 1, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York attorney has been sentenced to more than 5 years in prison after stealing millions and defrauding his law firm and clients, federal officials announced Friday. Albert Hessberg III stole at least $2 million as a trustee and fiduciary from his clients for more than a...

WV governor's companies want judge to reconsider $35M order

Oct. 25, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Lawyers for the business empire of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice want a federal judge to reconsider an order that would force the companies to pay $35 million for defaulting on a mining contract. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit stems from a 2005 deal in which Kentucky...

Honolulu denies employees use of law firm in rail inquiry

Oct. 24, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Members of the Honolulu City Council have rejected a request to hire a mainland law firm to cope with a federal criminal investigation of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, officials said. City attorneys expect the inquiry will result in subpoenas or other requests for...

Businessman sentenced to 17 years in prison for $34M fraud

Oct. 23, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia businessman who amplified the size of his legal benefits firm to gain more than $30 million in loans has been sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison. Gary Alan Frank was sentenced in Philadelphia on Tuesday where the judge described the defendant as a "serial pathological...